Maybe you’re at the beginning of your career. Maybe you’ve been laid off and are ready to start anew. Or maybe you’re just looking for a change. There are plenty of reasons why you might, at this very moment, find yourself facing the daunting task of deciding which job is right for you.
While considering which career path to pursue can be one of the toughest decisions we face, it’s slightly less so when you understand that most people exploring a new career path typically go through three phases.
Phase one — Exploration. This time is all about getting clear on what you want to do with your life … and how you want work to support that. We can feel especially frustrated during this phase, because we just don’t know the answer and, being humans, we’re naturally unsettled by uncertainty. One way to approach this phase is to turn it around and treat it like an adventure. It helps to take the time to consider:
- What kind of life do you want?
- How much money do you need to support that life?
- How much risk sets you up to play at your edge, without creating so much stress that you won’t be able to enjoy your life?